Stubbs’ passing further tightens Golden Era of Sports icons circle

SPORTS ICON – Zorro Stubbs, one of the country’s greatest golfers, died at the age of 80 on Christmas Eve. Few equaled his capacity to perform well I tournaments.

Yet another of those linked substantially to the Golden Era of Sports (1930s, 1940s. 1950s, 1960s, early 1970s) has gone on into eternity.

Zorro Stubbs, at 80, has left us.

There is still a good bit from the group around.

I refer to the old Sea Wolf Sir Durward Knowles who we now know as the The Centurion, Leroy “Uncle Lee” Archer, Sir Cyril Fountain, Cynthia “Mother Moxey- Pratt, Sir Orville Turnquest, Gomeo Brennan, Kingsley Poitier, Godfrey Kelly, Leonard “Boston Blackie” Miller, Glenroy “Flossie” Saunders, Cassius Moss, Eleazer “Barber” Johnson, Ray Minus Sr., Elaine Thompson, Adrian Rodgers, Craig “Pilot/Everybody Wins” Flowers, Gail North-Saunders, Leonard “Skeeter” Dames, Glen Wells, Antoinette Seymour, Bummie Albury, Timmy Barrett, Lester Small, Asa Ferguson, Roy Rodgers, Anthony Huyler, Edison Armbrister, Eddie Ford, Randy Rodgers, Andy Knowles, Lorenzo “Doonie” Lockhart, Ed Smith, Johnny Gay, Roscow Davis, Fred “Papa” Smith, Sterling Quant, Jayson Moxey, George Capron, Betty Cole, Glen “Master” Griffin, Kermit Graham, Nat Knowles, Douglas Smith, Francis Cancino, Barrie Farrington, Leo Rolle and certainly, others of that ilk.

Indeed, there remains a solid connection to the Golden Era of Sports. The circle is tightening though and it is reasonable that in other 10 years, the actual number of existing Golden Era of Sports icons might be lower than the aforementioned.

So, in this space, I have, with regularity, to taken readers down memory lane to recognize, relish and revere those who made such a positive contribution to what the world knows now as the Bahamas Sports Brand.
One Prince “Zorro” Stubbs certainly made his mark. Praise has been showered upon Stubbs who died on December 24, just before 2017 closed out. Those who knew him throughout his octogenarian years, and the ones much younger who were fortunate to have passed his way, extolled his virtues as a sportsman, in cricket and especially golf.

It has all been justified, but there is some more.

In my view, including the fabled nucleus that deserves membership in the Young Lions Group, Stubbs was easily among the 15 greatest golfers in Bahamian history.

Once, back in the 1940s and 1950s, golf was the elite sport, right here in The Bahamas, and despite Blacks representing 85 percent of the population, it did not cater to them. The late Big Jim McPherson is considered the first prominent Black Bahamian golfer.

Stubbs certainly will remain cemented forever in that second tier group that smashed the racial barrier in golf and helped to organize the sport on a more expansive level.

Ambrose Gouthro, the Bahamas Golf Federation Director of the Northern Region, called Stubbs “a pioneer member of the Bahamas Golf Federation.”
“Zorro made 17 appearances, representing The Bahamas. His first of six appearances on the Bahamas Hoerman Cup Team was in Puerto Rico in 1975. His last appearance was at the 1986 event in Barbados.

“He represented The Bahamas nine times on the Frank Francis/Jan Steele Perkins Cup Senior Team, beginning in The Bahamas in 1990 and ending in Jamaica in 2006. His final two representations were on the Higgs & Higgs Cup Super Senior Team in 2000 in Barbados and 2008 in the Cayman Islands.
“Zorro was also the Bahamas National Amateur Champion in 1984 and 1986. He was a Life Member of the BGF and will be missed by the many golfers who had the pleasure of being in his foursome. His support and contributions to golf in The Bahamas will always be remembered, “said Gouthro.

I last interacted with Zorro at the event Gouthro and I coordinate in Grand Bahama, the 2016 Edward St. George Memorial Invitational Tournament. I have a particular recollection of him at the pairings party the evening before the tournament. There he was, modest as ever, a quiet but impactful presence.

He will grace no more golf links on this side, as fate has placed him with the luminaries who went on before.

Rest in peace Zorro!

You added quality to the Bahamian sports scene.

(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com or on WhatsApp at 727-6363).

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